The 962 was built for IMSA’s Grand Touring Prototype class standards, and this particular example, chassis 962-102, is one of just 16 factory cars made in accordance to these rules. An additional 75 racers were built for other championships.
Canepa notes that this Porsche made its racing debut during the 1984 season with Bob Akin behind the wheel. It secured two sixth-place finishes in its debut season, but really hit its stride in 1985. That year, it finished 4th overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 600KM at Riverside, and started from pole position at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Unfortunately, its streak came to an abrupt end after it was hit by another car during the 500KM Charlotte race in May.
Penske Racing ended up purchasing the car, complete with its Coca-Cola livery, and repaired it back to its original condition. It remained in Roger Penske’s collection until 2005, before it was sold to Jim Torres, who had it go through a full restoration. Two years later, Gunnar Racing purchased it and brought it to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2009.
In the years since, the car has competed in a number of historic races, concours events and Porsche-specific events, such as the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, 2017 Monticello Motor Club Concours d’Elegance and Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion VI.